If there’s one time of year that’s especially tough on our bodies, it’s wintertime. For example, you can get sick with a cold, struggle with dry skin and hair, or end up with wind-burned cheeks from being out in the cold. So today I’ll be showing you how to make a concoction that can help with all of those issues (and more!) in winter and all year long: an all-natural, homemade salve!
This salve is made up of beneficial and natural ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, and nourishing vitamin E. It’s plenty useful on its own, but you also have the option of making it more specialized by adding in essential oils! I’ll start by showing you how to make the base salve (or “naked salve,” as I like to call it). After that, I’ll share a few essential oils blends you can add to your salve to help target specific ailments!
But before we get started, one quick note about the salve recipe. The recipe below makes enough salve to fill 4 small glass jars (4-ounces each). But of course, you can feel free to use whatever containers you happen to have handy! Just make sure to evenly distribute the vitamin E oil among your containers when you get to that step. :-)
How To Make A Moisturizing Salve (AKA “Naked Salve”)
Firstly, heat the coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax together in a double boiler. (Keep in mind that if you don’t have a double boiler, then you can always set a bowl over a pan of simmering water!) Stir occasionally until completely melted.
Pour or ladle the oil mixture into jars, then let the oil mixture cool for a minute or two.
Then divide the teaspoon of vitamin E oil evenly among your jars. If you’re adding essential oils to the salves, add them at this point. (See below for salve-ready essential oil blends!)
Give each one a final stir with a bamboo skewer, then let them cool and harden completely.
How To Use Your Salve
Here are just a few of the things you can use it for:
- To moisturize dry nasal passages
- To heal dry, cracked cuticles
- To treat chapped, wind-burned cheeks
- As a moisturizing lip balm
- To soothe insect bites and minor burns
- To soothe diaper rash
4 Essential Oil Blends For Salves
As I mentioned previously, the “naked” salve is already useful on its own. But if you’re dealing with a specific ailment, you can make it even more useful by adding certain essential oils! Here are a few of my favorite oil blends to use in salves. (Note: The amounts listed for each blend are meant to be added to 4 ounces of salve. So if you’re making your salves in 4-ounce jars, you would add the total amount listed for the blend to each individual jar.)
1. Sleep Blend (for restful sleep)
Apply your sleep salve to the bottoms of your feet before bedtime. The essential oils help promote restful sleep, while the salve softens and moisturizes your feet. (Perfect for those with dry, cracked heels!)
2. Healing Blend (for minor cuts and scrapes)
Apply your healing salve to minor wounds like cuts, scrapes, and bruises to promote speedy healing.
3. Headache Blend
Apply your headache salve to the back of your neck, which will help relieve pain and tension from headaches. You can also rub it onto your temples if your skin tolerates these oils wells. (Those with sensitive skin may want to stick to the neck area to be safe.)
4. Menstrual Cramps Blend
Apply this cramps salve to your lower abdomen in order to soothe menstrual cramps and other related symptoms.
What sort of ailments do you typically deal with during the winter?